Personal Stories

Personal stories highlight the experiences of people just like you. You’ll find stories from people who experience mental health or substance use problems, people who support a loved one, and people who work in mental health or substance use fields. They share their own experiences and perspectives, and describe their personal journeys to understanding, health and well-being.

Personal stories highlight hope and well-being, not treatment advice. Check out the Self-Help Resources section of this site for info sheet and workbooks, and talk to your doctor or health care provider to discuss treatment options that might be a good fit for you.

  1. Navigating Working Life

    Depression and Gender Transition Stefan de Villiers Reprinted from  "Workplace" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 9 (3), pp. 9-11 It’s a full-time job, except nobody pays you to have it. I was young when it started, 11 years old, maybe even younge ...

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  2. EAP—The Corporate Band-Aid

    An employee and union rep perspective on workplace challenges *Daat Sii Reprinted from "Workplace" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 9 (3), pp. 14-16 The Employee Assistance Program (EAP): the ‘panacea for the people.’ It’s there to help you with ...

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  3. Jumping Over the Dog

    Molly* Reprinted from "Workplace" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 9 (3), pp. 17-19 When I think of a workplace, the immediate thought that comes to mind is making lots of money—money that can cover my costs of living. I never thought bullying ex ...

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  4. To the Brink and Back

    One human resource manager's journey through burnout Ingrid Vaughan Reprinted from "Workplace" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 9 (3), pp. 20-22 At 10:00 a.m., sitting in front of my computer with a lengthy to-do list, I was already exhauste ...

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  5. On Both Sides of the Desk

    Working as a mental health nurse with a mental illness Ashley Peterson, BSN, RN Reprinted from "Workplace" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 9 (3), pp. 7-8 When I first became a nurse and started working on a hospital psychiatric ward, I thought m ...

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  6. How My Daughter’s OCD Tore Our Lives and Our Family Apart

    Michelle Evans Reprinted from "Young People" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 9 (2), pp. 15-17 Kassy was born on Christmas Eve, 1994—she was our angel. Everything was great until about one month before her 11th birthday in 2005. Almost overnight, ...

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  7. Hunger Pains

    Sophie Heizer Reprinted from "Young People" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 9 (2), pp. 18-20 There are many misconceptions about anorexia, an eating disorder characterized by severe food restriction, irrational fear of weight gain, and a distort ...

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  8. Depression—From ‘Mess’ to Message

    Celine Diaz Reprinted from "Young People" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 9 (2), pp. 10-11 I didn’t notice it at first; depression just crept up on me. After seven months had gone by without a dark cloud lifting from my head I realized something ...

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  9. Phoenix

    Doreen Marion Gee Reprinted from "Recovery" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 9 (1), pp. 15-17 I have done my time in hell. But after a lifetime of living with mental illness, I know that hope and recovery always shine like starlight—even in the b ...

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  10. For Better Or For Worse

    Jane* Reprinted from "Recovery" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 9 (1), pp. 18-20 I grew up in a very happy home and married my husband Larry* when I was 21. Both his parents were alcoholics, but none of his six siblings is an alcoholic, nor was ...

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